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FAULTS
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[ Also see Character Defects Error Guilt Lying Mischief Sin Vice Wickedness ]

The ability to find fault is believed, by some people, to be a sure sign of great wisdom, when, in most cases, it only indicates narrowness of mind and ill nature.
      - James H. Aughey

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 3)

A woman will confess her faults sooner than her follies.
      - Alfred Bougeart

We've been through so much together, and most of it was your fault.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

Faultless to a fault.
      - Robert Browning

Then farewell, Horace; whom I hated so,
  Not for thy faults, but mine.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 77)

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship
         (ch. II)

Every one has his faults: but we do not see the wallet on our own backs.
  [Lat., Suus quoque attributus est error:
    Sed non videmus, manticae quid in tergo est.]
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus),
        Carmina (XXII, 20)

Men ought to be most annoyed by the sufferings which come from their own faults.]
  [Lat., Ea molestissime ferre homines debent quae ipsorum culpa ferenda sunt.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Epistoloe ad Fratrem (I, 1)

It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others, and to forget his own.
  [Lat., Est proprium stultitiae aliorum vitia cernere, oblivisci suorum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (III, 30)

Thou hast no faults, or I no faults can spy;
  Thou art all beauty, or all blindness I.
      - Christopher Codrington,
        On Garth's Dispensary

As there are some faults that have been termed faults on the right side, so there are some errors that might be denominated errors on the safe side. Thus we seldom regret having been too mild, too cautious, or too humble; but we often repent having been too violent, too precipitate, or too proud.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride.
      - Confucius

I like her with all her faults: nay, like her for her faults. Her follies are so natural, or so artful, that they become her; and those affections which in another woman would be odious serve but to make her more agreeable.
      - William Congreve

It is a shrewd device to pretend we have some one unimportant fault, it overshadows so many serious defects.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

The great fault in women is to desire to be like men.
      - Joseph Marie De Maistre

Men still had faults, and men will have them still;
  He that hath none, and lives as angels do,
    Must be an angel.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon,
        Miscellanies--On Mr. Dryden's Religio Laici
         (l. 8)

The defects of great men are the consolation of the dunces.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Essay on the Literary Character
         (preface, p. XXIX and vol. I, p. 187)

None, none descends into himself, to find
  The secret imperfections of his mind:
    But every one is eagle-ey'd to see
      Another's faults, and his deformity.
      - John Dryden

Happy the man when he has not the defects of his qualities.
  [Fr., Heureux l'homme quand il n'a pas les defauts de ses qualites.]
      - Bishop Felix Antoine Philliert Dupanloup

Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

If we were faultless, we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate. If we were to acknowledge honestly that we have not virtue enough to bear patiently with our neighbor's weaknesses, we should show our own imperfection, and this alarms our vanity.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

He shall be immortal who liveth till he be stoned by one without fault.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Moral epochs have their course as well as the seasons. We can no more hold them fast than we can hold sun, moon, and stars. Our faults perpetually return upon us; and herein lies the subtlest difficulty of self-knowledge.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What sort of faults may we retain, nay, even cherish in ourselves? Those faults which are rather pleasant than offensive to others.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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